In the climatic Game 7 of a thrilling series, the Heat were the last man standing, defeating the Spurs 95-88, to win the 2013 NBA Finals 4 games to 3.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists. Along with that, he earned his 2nd straight NBA Finals MVP. Dwyane Wade also had a double double, finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Shane Battier provided the biggest surprise of the game, breaking out of a huge slump to contribute 18 points on 6 3-pointers.
For the Spurs, Tim Duncan finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kwahi Leonard scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored 18 points, but committed multiple ugly turnovers to end the game.
The game was touch and go all the way down to the last minute, the way we expect a Game 7 to be. The Heat and Spurs traded punches and body blows until LeBron threw the haymaker with a game sealing jumper with 27 seconds left. On the possession prior, Duncan had a mismatch in the post against Battier and missed a bunny hook shot and the resulting tip in shot, which kept the Spurs down by 2.
Battier was huge, Wade was great, but LeBron had a performance that should eliminate every conversation about his lack of clutch play, as the moment gets no bigger than a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. After 6 games of reluctantly shooting jumpshots, he shot the ball with confidence and defiance. The shots started falling and there was nothing the Spurs could do about it.
This was an amazing season for the Heat, from the raising the banner to start the season, to the 27-game win streak, to repeating as champions. This was the true definition of a team and it is fitting that they are the last team standing.